The first time I bought toys for my lab puppy, I found it difficult to get the best deal for my budget. I couldn’t identify the best toys for my puppy. It took me several trips to the puppy toy stores to get it right. Here, I have summarized what I have learned on what to consider when buying lab puppy toys.
Consider the age of the puppy
Just like buying toys for your child, you should buy age-specific toys for your puppy. This is because the chewing habits, playfulness and intelligence levels change as the puppy grows through adolescence into adulthood. For instance, teething occurs when the puppy is around 5-6 months. At this time, the puppy will be chewing almost everything it comes across. You better buy chewable toys for your puppy at this age. A cow hoof may be of great help. The puppy will chew on the hoof until it gets tired. It will not have the energy to spoil other softer toys.
Choose a toy that keeps your puppy busy
Some toys are fun, but they do not occupy the puppy for a long time, maybe because they make the puppy tired. Kong toys are some of the best toys when it comes to keeping your puppy busy. They allow you to stuff edibles into a compartment and freeze them.
The puppy will struggle to reach these edibles. Before it can reach much of them, a day is gone. The toy is stuffed the following day again. This way, the puppy does not notice days passing.
Look for toys that will substitute you
You do not always have to be around for your puppy to play and have fun. Do you even have that time? Buy toys that will make your puppy forget your absence. For instance, if you have bought tennis balls for your puppy, buy automatic ball throwers so that you do not have to throw the tennis ball yourself.
Buy multipurpose toys
Some toys will be good to both your children and your puppies. Those are the toys to buy. For instance, puppies find stuffed toys just as interesting as children find them. Teddy bears are good examples of multipurpose toys.
Consider common lab puppy toys
Lab puppies are some of the most popular puppies, so you expect that their toys are available all over the world. A list of common lab puppy toys will help you identify which toys are fun and which ones are not. Tennis balls are some of the most common Labrador puppy toys. Lab puppies love tennis balls. However, you don’t have to buy the base tennis ball that everyone else has bought. You can get one with bells that chime every now and them. Rope toys are also common among Labradors because they naturally love playing the tug of war.
In summary, keep lab puppy toys interesting. Adopt a free-spirited approach. If durability is always on your mind when looking for something to buy, forget it for a while. Puppies play vigorously. They destroy their toys very fast. For this reason, do not look for an indestructible lab puppy toy. The chances are that you will get none. Learn the character of your puppy and buy a suitable toy whether it is durable or not.